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Tracy Forsyth to exit BBC Studios amid reshuffle

BBC Studios’ Tracy Forsyth is exiting her post as genre director of factual entertainment amid a restructuring within the company’s content division, realscreen has confirmed. Forsyth (pictured) will depart her role this summer ...
May 14, 2018

BBC Studios’ Tracy Forsyth is exiting her post as genre director of factual entertainment amid a restructuring within the company’s content division, realscreen has confirmed.

Forsyth (pictured) will depart her role this summer in order to pursue other opportunities. She is currently responsible for setting and driving the content strategy to find and scale fact-ent, entertainment and formats for the global market.

Additionally, Forsyth formed and led the content development and investment team; the central formats team; and the international production consultancy team; and helped roll out such global brands as Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars and The Great British Bake Off.

Forsyth joined BBC Worldwide in 2012 as VP of commissioning for content.

“Tracy Forsyth has decided to leave BBC Studios to pursue other opportunities, and takes our best wishes and thanks,” a company representative said in a statement.

As part of the restructuring, the central content partnerships division now operates around the two defined areas of scripted and unscripted, led by Liam Keelan, director of scripted, and Mark Reynolds, director of factual.

Reynolds will be responsible for all of BBC Studios’ unscripted content development, financial moves, acquisitions and production partnership deals, including fact-ent programming and formats.

BBC Studios’ content division was previously structured with Keelan covering scripted; Reynolds for factual; and Forsyth for fact-ent, entertainment and formats.

Finally, Sumi Connock, creative director of formats and the international central formats production team, has now moved over to the international production area of BBC Studios.

Connock’s team will focus on production relationships with international broadcasters and producers.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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